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Child Custody Protect Your Children’s Best Interests.

Bergen County Child Custody Lawyers

Skilled and Compassionate Advocates

In New Jersey, parents have the right to spend time with their children and make decisions on their well-being, education, and healthcare. The courts consider the parent’s rights equal to serving the children’s best interests. However, parents often have different views on parental roles and the children’s best interests, leading to one of the most contested issues in a divorce.

At TMO Law LLC, we understand the emotional challenges parents face when making decisions on issues affecting children. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our Bergen County child custody lawyers can provide the guidance and support you need to establish custody arrangements that benefit all family members.

What Is Child Custody?

Ideally, spouses will work out child custody issues through collaborative negotiations, but litigation may be necessary. In New Jersey, child custody falls into the general categories of physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom a child primarily lives. Legal custody refers to a parent’s rights to make major decisions regarding their child’s health, education, religion, and general welfare. Forms of physical and legal custody include:

  • Joint legal custody: In joint legal custody arrangements, children live with one parent, the primary custodial parent, most of the time, with scheduled visitation with the other parent.
  • Sole legal and physical custody: Sole legal and physical custody of a child is less common, and all decisions regarding the children are made by the primary custodial parent with whom the children live.
  • Shared legal and physical custody: In this custody arrangement, children have equal time and contact with both parents, who also share decision-making on child-related matters.

What Is Child Custody?

Ideally, spouses will work out child custody issues through collaborative negotiations, but litigation may be necessary. In New Jersey, child custody falls into the general categories of physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to the parent with whom a child primarily lives. Legal custody refers to a parent’s rights to make major decisions regarding their child’s health, education, religion, and general welfare. Forms of physical and legal custody include:

  • Joint legal custody: In joint legal custody arrangements, children live with one parent, the primary custodial parent, most of the time, with scheduled visitation with the other parent.
  • Sole legal and physical custody: Sole legal and physical custody of a child is less common, and all decisions regarding the children are made by the primary custodial parent with whom the children live.
  • Shared legal and physical custody: In this custody arrangement, children have equal time and contact with both parents, who also share decision-making on child-related matters.
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